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New Ultrathin Solar Cells Are Light Enough to Sit on a Soap Bubble

Scientists have created the thinnest, lightest solar power cells yet — so lightweight that they can be draped on top of a soap bubble without popping …

Uber’s Head Of Design Steps Down

Andrew Crow, Uber’s head of design, has announced that he’s leaving the company. Since joining in 2014, he helped grow Uber’s design team from 30 to nearly 200 while leading “all aspects of design,” according to his LinkedIn, “including Product, Brand, Marketing, Content Strategy & Copywriting, and …

This is how the world's first Hyperloop might actually look

A team of students from MIT have won a competition to design pods for the still-unbuilt Hyperloop transportation system.<p>More than 100 university …

Russia: Turkish president benefits from IS oil trade

MOSCOW (AP) — Sharply raising the stakes in Moscow's spat with Ankara, Russia's top military brass on Wednesday accused Turkish President Recep …

Halifax firm injects CO2 into concrete and reduces carbon footprint

A company in Nova Scotia has developed a green concrete technology, a breakthrough in the spirit of this week's United Nations climate change summit …

California and Canada working toward joint climate change solutions

<b>This article is part of a</b> <b>package of special coverage</b> <b>of climate change issues by CBC News leading up to the United Nations climate change conference</b> …

Cap and Trade

Hiding in plain sight: inside the world of Turkey's people smugglers

Thousands of refugees are continuing to board boats to Europe everyday despite the worsening winter weather<p>At Emre’s boat shop in central Izmir, one of Turkey’s main ports, you can’t turn around without bumping into a pile of inflatable rubber boats. On this day there are 16 stacked in beige boxes, …

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs

Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.<p>Velmini—a tech company in Tallinn, Estonia—is the first to test visible …

Ludicrous aircraft innovations that will never get off the ground

Airbus has filed a patent for a detachable cabin which it says could speed up the boarding process - and which seems to have been inspired by Thunderbird 2.<p>The Airbus pod<p>The inspiration?<p>Here we present more ambitious aircraft innovations which will (probably) never get off the ground.<p>1. The …

Seth Meyers shreds Donald Trump: He's no longer funny, he's dangerous

In recent days, the presidential candidate has been spreading incorrect information. But instead of apologizing, he has been doubling down. And Meyers believes that he's gone too far and is now even "quadrupling down."<p>First, Trump claimed that he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating on 9/11. When …

Snoozebox unveils hotel room that is also a tiny theatre

The quirky hotel chain, which creates pop-up bedrooms, grew 300pc in the first six months of the year<p>Snoozebox, the Aim-listed portable hotel company, has unveiled a new design that can transform its pop-up bedrooms into a dining room, theatre or workspace.<p>The concept was created by Norwegian …

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

Solar is adding jobs 10 times faster than the overall economy

With Help from Local Motors and Chevy, Domino's Rolls Out Custom Oven-Equipped Pizza Delivery Cars

The unusual partnership points towards a future filled with small-run, purpose-built vehicles<p>Yesterday Domino’s Pizza pulled the sheets off of their …

This Tower Would Let City Dwellers Tour The Natural World

Circumnavigate the globe by elevator<p>City dwellers are reportedly 40 percent more likely to develop mood disorders than people in rural areas. But walking for roughly 90 minutes in nature, according to a Stanford University study published in June, can calm the negative thoughts. The Essence …

Jailed for Using Drugs While Pregnant

A Wisconsin mother, imprisoned to protect her fetus, fought back in federal court—and won the first round.<p>Women’s rights advocates haven’t had many victories in the past couple of years, but now they are celebrating two—one in Arkansas, and the other in the Midwest. Last month, the United States …

Pregnancy

Wire Animal Sculptures Look Like Life-Size Scribbled Drawings Suspended in Mid-Air

Artist David Oliveira has an insightful understanding of both the two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds. With this expert grasp of the two planes, he's able to skillfully manipulate wire to create a zoo of mind-boggling animal sculptures. Though they are technically three-dimensional, the …

5 Years Later, The Most Surprising Part About Instagram Is That No One’s Ruined It

As Instagram turns 5, we had an exclusive chat with cofounder Kevin Systrom and his design team about how they haven’t ruined it.<p>Today, Instagram turns five years old.<p>Despite being purchased by Facebook (everyone’s love-to-hate social network), despite adding video, despite changing the filters, …

Yezidi Woman Testifies an American ISIS Fighter Held Her as a Sex Slave

“I could see the pictures of his family on the computer, and I could tell that they were not Arabs and the environment of the pictures was not Iraq …

An Artist Stopped Traffic On An Ohio Freeway To Host A Citywide Dinner

When an artist wanted to find a way to help bring Akron residents from across the city together, the freeway seemed like a natural place to do it. So …

Facebook Will Beam Internet From Satellites To Africa In 2016

Bringing Internet.org's mission to fruition<p>Until now, Facebook’s mission to beam internet connectivity to the world through its Internet.org philanthropic organization has been largely limited to piggy-backing on existing wireless networks on the ground. Sure, Facebook has tested Aquila, its …

Emerging Markets

Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million donation to Newark public schools failed miserably — here's where it went wrong

The goals Zuckerberg set out to achieve — to enact a number of reforms that would make Newark a model city for education reform — are widely seen as a failure, journalist Dale Russakoff told Business Insider.<p>So where exactly did that $100 million go if the turnaround was a failure?<p>Russakoff mapped …

Mark Zuckerberg

This Startup Takes Your Old Clothes And Makes Completely New Thread From Them

Seattle startup Evrnu offers an alternative: recycling that takes old clothing and creates completely new yarn for new clothing. Its process uses …

Artist Cultivates 1.2-Acre Field Into Massive Crop Art Paying Homage to Van Gogh

Displaying a talent cultivated throughout his lifetime, Stan Herd‘s aptly named “earthworks” are a uniquely rural form of art. His latest piece (a massive reformation of Van Gogh's 1889 <i>Olive Trees</i>) <i></i>sits in a field in Eagan, Minneapolis, gaining worldwide attention. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, …

The Secret of the Apple’s New San Francisco Fonts

iOS 9 is now publicly released. It’s a subtle change but the system fonts of iOS 9 are now changed to the Apple’s new San Francisco fonts, replacing …

His '16 future uncertain, Biden's team prepares just in case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Awaiting a decision their boss has yet to make, Vice President Joe Biden's circle of staff and longtime advisers have kicked into a …

The First All-Wood High-Rise Buildings Are Going Up In The United States

Wood is an old building material that has been getting a new life in taller buildings over the last five years. Around the world, 17 wood buildings …